Posted April 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
The next time some college football fan gripes about his favorite player going to the NFL before his senior season, we'll have a ready reply. Three of them, actually. Manti Te'o. Geno Smith. Matt Barkley. The trio returned for a fourth year of college football and look what it got them. Heartache. Embarrassment. And, certainly in the case of Barkley, a much lighter wallet than he would've had a year ago. The first round of the NFL draft came and went. All three were left waiting by the phone. It never rang. That's a harsh lesson every rising junior with pro aspirations should heed. Think only of yourself. If there's a chance to dramatically improve your draft position, then stay in school. If you're already projected as a first-rounder, it's time to get started on your real job. Rest assured, the school will get along just fine with or without you. Sure, a college degree is great to have, but you can always finish up those last few classes in the ...

Raiders Targeting Matt Barkley At No. 42?

ESPN’s Bill Williamson reports that he’s been “hearing a lot of chatter” that the Raiders could be targeting USC QB Matt Barkley at No. 42 overall. Williamson adds that Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was in attendance for Barkley’s Pro Day. There have been some mixed reports regarding available quarterbacks like Geno Smith and Barkley this morning. Some have mentioned...

Report: Jets may release Sanchez

The Jets' selection of Geno Smith could lead to the team releasing quarterback Mark Sanchez despite the salary cap hit.

NFL Draft Rumors: How far will USC QB Matt Barkley slide?

At one point in his career, pundits speculated as to whether or not USC QB Matt Barkley would be a number one overall pick in the NFL Draft. As the third day of the lottery is set to begin this morning, Barkley is struggling to land with a team as the draft opens it’s fourth-round. Several quarterbacks have taken a slide down the draft board this year, with only Florida State signal...

Matt Barkley drafted 98th by Chip Kelly, Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have traded up to select USC quarterback Matt Barkley with the first pick of the fourth round. Barkley was chosen Saturday with the 98th overall pick. Philadelphia gave Jacksonville a fourth-round pick (101) and a seventh-rounded (210) to move ahead of Kansas City and take Barkley. Former Eagles coach Andy Reid, now the Chiefs' coach...

Barkley, 3 other QBs go in 4th round

This was one rush quarterbacks embraced. Starting with Matt Barkley, the fourth round of the NFL draft was the landing spot for quarterbacks who carried hopes of going much higher. Philadelphia traded up with Jacksonville to get the Southern California QB with the opening pick Saturday. ''I try not to get stressed about things I can't control,'' Barkley said...

Bills interested in Matt Barkley?

Lots of teams throw up smokescreens leading up to the draft, and this might be one. Are the Bills interested in Barkley at No. 8?

UCLA Twitter Reacts: Datone Jones Gets Drafted, Matt Barkley Gets Shafted

UCLA Twitter is a real thing, and the Internet Bruins were in full-force on Thursday night, as the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft took place.. Quick recap: Datone Jones was drafted No. 25 to the Green Bay Packers, while former Heisman favorite and future reality TV star, Matt Barkley, will be relegated to the second round. Those strings of events were the only thing that...

Matt Barkley Slips To Eagles in 4th Round

The Eagles took USC quarterback Matt Barkley with the first pick of the fourth round.Fantasy Spin:He'll compete with Nick Foles for the backup quarterback job this summer. Michael Vick is pretty injury-prone so it's possible we could see Barkley start a few games for the Birds in 2013.

2013 Eagles Draft complete...where do we go from here?

We go to the toppermost of the poppermost! That's what I say!----Nice draft!!! Yeah, it might take a year or two to bloom--- but what an intriguing haul of (as Brozer said) VA-LUE !! Let's start at the top of Round 4... After trading up for the first pick in the fourth round, the Eagles selected USC quarterback Matt Barkley. They surrendered their fourth-round...

Chiefs pass on drafting QB, land targeted linebacker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. For those fans begging for the Chiefs to select a quarterback in this years draft, excitement likely rose when rumors started surfacing that the Chiefs were gearing up to take USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round on Saturday. The Philadelphia Eagles may have been buying into the rumors as well and quickly traded up four spots ahead of the Chiefs to...

Ten takeaways from Day 2 of NFL Draft

Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft saw several big names fly off the board, a lot of movement, and a few teams just sticking to their boards. Here are ten takeaways from Friday night: 1. Matt Barkley could be next year's Russell Wilson. Or not. Matt Barkley was the consensus 2013 NFL Draft top overall pick when the pundits made their big boards last April, but 97 picks came and went...

2013 NFL Draft Best Available: Day 3

How is Matt Barkley still available? As usual, some teams make some really questionable picks, but only time will tell if they fooled us all or if they made a huge mistake. Jesse Williams DT, Alabama Da’Rick Rogers WR, Tennessee Tech Matt Barkley QB, USC Johnathan Franklin RB, UCLA Ryan Nassib QB, Syracuse Quinton Patton WR, Louisiana Tech Tyler Bray QB, Tennessee Alex Okafor...

NFL Draft 2013: Ryan’s Final Six Round Mock

The day is finally here. The NFL draft is upon us, and to many, it’s one of the best nights of the year to NFL fans. It’s also the last day for people to give out their mock drafts and thoughts on where each team is going to go with each pick. But no matter who says what, the predictions of the picks are a crapshoot, as it’s been called, at best. That even goes for the great...
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